Remote working is the new normal and when employees work remotely it’s more important than ever to provide them with effective feedback. Sometimes remote employees feel underappreciated and overlooked which damages their motivation to work hard. Many remote workers who are good performers either become disengaged or look for alternate opportunities because they do not get enough visibility. Also, the feeling of “out of sight, out of mind” among the remote employees leads to isolation and loneliness. To keep the virtual teams productive, as a manager, it’s important to stay connected with every team member, understand their needs and guide them the right way to help them align with the organizational goals. However, interactions are limited when teams work remotely and it’s often challenging for managers to provide effective feedback which clarifies expectations, builds confidence and encourages employees to perform better by learning from their mistakes.
Accountability is one of the most important traits of high performing teams. It has a direct impact on productivity and engagement and, consequently, results. It is also linked to increased commitment to work and employee morale. Accountability is about taking responsibility for an outcome and not just the task. It’s about following through and delivering what you committed. Accountability is important at every level of the organization and when every member of the team demonstrates accountability, it leads to strong and cohesive teams, where people trust each other and work together to reach a common goal. However, many organizations lack this significant trait among their teams and fostering accountability isn’t always an easy thing to do. Often, when employees aren’t accountable, the managers hesitate to call them out to avoid harming the work relationships or, worse, demoralizing them. Also, many managers micromanage or spill out their frustrations in the name of holding people accountable which, in turn, negatively impacts employee performance and motivation. Today, we all work in a collaborative work environment where we have to depend on others to complete tasks, and if people aren’t accountable, the efforts of the entire team get wasted. Holding people accountable is essential for team management and thankfully, there are some simple yet effective ways a manager can do this.
Employees always expect feedback for their performances and as a manager or leader it’s your responsibility to provide them with effective feedback. Be it an individual employee or a team, feedback plays a crucial role in motivating and engaging your workforce. Letting your employees know how well they are doing or where they need improvement can go a long way in building an efficient workforce. However, feedbacks can sometimes have negative impact and not all managers know the technique of providing effective feedback that can truly help employees develop. Here are some important tips to make your feedback effective.